Do you know a child who loves animals? The B.C. SPCA is holding week-long summer camps in Abbotsford that offer animal-themed activities for kids.
Camp activities include specially-designed games and crafts and visits from guest speakers who work with animals. In addition, every day offers approximately one hour of interactive time with animals.
“All of the activities have underlying educational messages aimed at developing children’s empathy, critical thinking skills and understanding of companion, farm and wild animals,” said Paula Neuman, B.C. SPCA humane education manager. Direct animal interaction provides excellent opportunities for lessons in empathy, as children are asked to consider the feelings of the animals in that moment.
“One of the main goals of camp is to encourage compassionate behaviours while building confidence. Campers leave feeling inspired and empowered to be leaders in their schools and communities, speaking up for animals, the environment and other people,” she said.
One week of camp is offered to children ages eight to 11, with the other dedicated to six and seven year olds. Camp spaces fill up quickly, so register early. Register online at spca.bc.ca/camp or call 604-709-4679.
The Abbotsford branch of the SPCA is located at 34312 Industrial Way.